Plunging Upward

It’s raining acorns.  Maybe not exactly, but there’s definitelyacorns an intermittent unmistakable sound of falling acorns.  A steady  thunking and plopping as they hit the ground.  When I’m in the yard I’m wondering how that would feel to get beaned by an acorn from 80 feet.

Every year some of these acorns take root and sprout close to the house.  I take the thing by its short stem and pull, hard, until I uproot it.  I have mixed emotions about that.  There’s nothing quite like an oak tree to impart strength and beauty.  But we are already surrounded by them.  In an oak grove.

These trees can’t spread out like you’d picture a solitary oak — with large full branches and a huge, stocky trunk.  No, these guys are crowded.  They can’t branch out like a lone oak.  All their energy goes to height.  Branching out before getting a full dose of sun would be pointless.  So, they are compelled to continuously reach toward any rays of sunlight that peaks through the neighboring trees.  As a result, the bottom half looks somewhat spindly, instead of squat and sturdy.  But the top half is lovely.  It reached the light.  Or rather the light reached it.

Some people say bloom where you’re planted.  I say never stop growing and reaching for the Light.

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has over three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to a teenager and a young adult, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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2 Responses to Plunging Upward

  1. sharon thorne says:

    I live amongst the oaks also (blue oak) LOved your thoughts. Acorn are a falling. Could be the name of a song

  2. Enjoy those blue oaks, Sharon. Thanks for the comment. Have you started on that song yet… : )

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